In the News: McCain Selects Surprise Running Mate

Republican presidential nominee John McCain selected Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his vice presidential running mate. Palin’s dynamic acceptance speech energized this week’s Republican National Convention in Minneapolis with withering and often sarcastic criticism of Democratic nominee Barack Obama. She is the first ever female Republican nominee on a major presidential ticket and only the second woman in the history of the United States; N.Y. Rep. Geraldine Ferraro was Democratic candidate Walter Mondale’s running mate during the 1984 election. The controversial nominee appeared with her husband and five children, including her unmarried, pregnant daughter Bristol.

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